Since launching in August in Korea, Samsung Pay has reached KRW 250 billion in accumulated transaction volume and over 10 million in accumulated number of transactions. This week Samsung Pay has expanded to transportation.
Chinese tourists are flocking to the Czech Republic and the transaction volume of UnionPay cards in the Czech Republic has achieved a year-on-year growth of over 100% in the first three quarters of this year. Over 90% of duty-free shops at Prague Airport, the biggest international airport in the Czech Republic, accept UnionPay cards.
Samsung Pay will launch in Korea on August 20 and in the U.S. on September 28. Samsung plans to roll out the service in the U.K., Spain and China, with partners to be named in each market.
UnionPay International inked a deal with South Korea’s KB Kookmin Card and LG Uplus in mobile payment service, agreeing to enable South Korean UnionPay cardholders to pay by waving their mobiles phones in front of QuickPass terminals across the world in July.
CardWeb.com’s CardPixes database of more than 7,000 card images today features the ANZ First Visa. The card is issued Australia/s ANZ Bank..
PayLane systematically expands the list of banks in its portfolio. Customers can choose to make a transfer from such banks as Bank Millennium, mBank, Credit Agricole, Alior Bank, MultiBank, PKO BP, Deutsche Bank, Alior Sync, Inteligo, Bank BPH (GE Capital Group), ING, KB Kredyt Bank, BZ WBK, Getin Bank. This now includes Nordea Bank (Pay with Nordea), Idea Bank and postal money order. The large number of banks coupled with other payment methods such as credit and debit cards or PayPal, makes it possible for the e-shop customers to find their favourite way of issuing payments. As PayLane received the status of a Payment Institution in May 2013, it is subjected to the regulations of Polish Financial Supervision Authority. Both the merchants and their customers can be sure the wire transfers are secure.
Samsung advanced semiconductor solutions announced its “SENHRN1” system-in-package (SIP) NFC chip. The Secu-NFC chip combines a NFC controller and a secure element storing personal information and security keys with advanced encryption technologies, a prerequisite for reliable and efficient mobile payment on NFC-enabled mobile devices. The new solution is based on Samsung’s proven in-house expertise and experience in smartcard ICs, which involves advanced RF sensitivity features and enhanced data encryption technologies, and its wealth of package technology, utilizing advanced SIP technology.
Microchip Technology microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions has expanded its 8-bit segmented LCD microcontroller (MCU) family with five new devices”the PIC16LF1902/3/4/6/7 (PIC16LF190X) MCUs. The PIC16LF190X family supports many general-purpose applications and enables the implementation of LCD into low-power and cost-sensitive designs, such as security tokens, smart cards, medical devices, home appliances, key fobs or any application involving a segmented LCD. Featuring eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology for sleep currents down to 20 nA, and a typical active current of 35 microamperes per MHz, the MCUs extend battery life, while maintaining accurate timing with a RTC and driving a segmented LCD. With the addition of XLP technology for extended battery life, and capabilities such as utilizing the integrated temperature indicator to provide crystal-accuracy compensation, low-power RTC support and low voltage-detect support utilizing the internal ADC and voltage reference, the MCUs enable low-cost LCD solutions for a multitude of portable devices.
The Smart Alliance submitted its comments to the ONC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on February 24, 2011, in response to the Health IT Policy Committee’s Request for Comment – Stage 2 Definition of Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) [PDF – 126 KB]. These disclosed the requirement for strong, multi-factor authentication needs to be incorporated into Stage 2 of Meaningful Use in order to adequately protect identities, networks and information systems and weak username and password authentication puts personal health information at serious risk. The SCA went on the recommend the ONC should require multi-factor authentication solutions based on smart card technology.
AVE INVESTMENTS has made available its “iRegister,” combining the pcCashdrawer tablet and POS peripherals. Boasting small size, low cost and green technology, the POS system combines PC Windows pcCashdrawer Tablet and POS peripherals for both a stationary and a mobile POS system, as it can be un-docked and used for portable customer service and store manager applications. With a price tag of $999, the “iRegister” liberates merchants to conduct consumer retail transactions, inventory management, order taking, or sales floor customer service applications anywhere they go.
“Safe-T-PIN” has become the first ever Internet “PIN
Entry Device” to achieve “PCI 2.0” certification. HomeATM teamed with Atmel to develop the new “PED.” HomeATM’s “Safe-T-PIN” is powered by Atmel’s “AT91SO25” microcontroller. “Safe-T-PIN” provides secure two factor authentication for e-commerce transactions and secure log-in.
The “AT91SO25’s” dedicated features and “Common Criteria EAL4+” security certification were instrumental in obtaining this first “PCI 2.0” certification. HomeATM owns a global patent for secure Internet PIN-based transactions.
Toys”R”Us announced a “Gift Card Exchange Program” for the holders of KB Toys gift cards to exchange the gift card
for a coupon valid for 15% off any one toy item at Toys”R”Us. Due to a recent bankruptcy filing, KB Toys announced that it is no longer accepting
its gift cards at KB Toys stores. The gift card exchange can be made at Toys”R”Us stores’ Guest Service Center. KB Toys Gift Cards must be surrendered at time of purchase and only
one 15% Toys”R”Us coupon will be granted per gift card surrendered.